Job Title: Research Technologist
Salary: £49,940 to £54,649 plus a Location allowance of £1,639. You will receive £49,940 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £54,649 will be via incremental progression.
Seeing is believing. And that’s the only way you’ll really get to know about our sophisticated technologies and how we’re using them to fight crime in the capital. We don’t say much, for obvious reasons, but suffice to say that we’re leading advancements in emerging technologies to deliver bespoke ICT and electronic solutions in specialist areas to make London safer.
This is an outstanding opportunity for you to work in an exciting engineering and science environment offering excellent employee benefits and to work with some of the UK’s top academics, delivering operational technology solutions.
The Technology, Research and Innovation (TRI) team keeps the Met at the cutting-edge of tech. Its work is highly innovative and no two projects are ever the same. Some initiatives involve undertaking research with academia or exploring new off-the-shelf technologies. Others involve modifying commercially available products, or creating a whole new solution from scratch.
Delivery of these solutions involves the complete lifecycle from developing requirements with customers, producing design solutions and turning these designs into a fully functional product or system for operational use.
As a Research Technologist, you’ll be taking the very best of emerging technologies within UK academia and helping to turn these into new operational capabilities. This is a unique and exciting role for you to work at the cutting edge of technology.
Fundamental to this role is the ability to find solutions to complex operational problems in an innovative way. You will draw upon a wide range of science and engineering related disciplines to address the needs of frontline officers. You will take their operational requirements, identify academic partners to work with and technically lead the delivery of research projects.
A typical day, may include engaging with MPS customers, capturing and documenting requirements, meeting with partner agencies, planning technical demonstrations, testing and assessing technology research outputs, gathering evidence, to explore if they are viable for developing into operational solutions
As a Research Technologist, you will be working with a wide range of stakeholders and will need to assess and adapt to each type of audience. You will be someone who can readily engage and win support of others. You will be working with some of the UK’s prominent academics, so you will need to be able to communicate at their technical level. Maintaining momentum on projects is essential in order to keep the operational customers focused. Our aim is to get elements of the research delivered to operational officers as quickly as possible. Therefore you will need to think of ways to keep their commitment throughout the research lifecycle. You will have already demonstrated exceptional talent in your career.
This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) Developed Vetting (DV) level before taking up the post.
Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) OR Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post.
Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:
Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement (max 2 sides of A4) and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential criteria. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).
Completed applications must be submitted by 15th June 2022.
We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing problems, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
QualificationsHonours Degree in an engineering or scientific related disciplineORA post graduate qualification:- MSc or PhD in an engineering or scientific related investigation.
ExperienceGood all round technical acumen and with a proven ability to test, challenge and solve technical problems when conducting technology researchProven experience in undertaking rigorous, engineering and scientific evaluations of technologyAbility to develop robust test strategies necessary for carrying out the appropriate level of testing to provide evidence for technology outputs and operational suitablyProven ability to identify where projects will not deliver the desired outcomesWorking with/in academia to deliver technology research projectsManaging the entire lifecycle of smaller research projects with responsibility for deliveryManaging staff to deliver technical solutionsManaging stakeholders and gathering customer requirements and documenting both technical and non-technical factorsAssessing the feasibility of research proposals including technical and non-technical factors, e.g. human factors which may impact upon the success of a research projectApplying excellent written and oral and communication skills to gather, present and articulate information to a diverse audience both internally and externally
Proven practical technical experience in researching and developing technology solutions in any of the following areas:Communications and RF technologyAudio, Video and CCTV based systemsGeneral electronic based systems including sensor technologyGeographic information Systems (GIS)ICT and software engineeringAI and Machine learning algorithmsBig data